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Distance Learning: Spanish for Nurses and EMS personnel

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Stephanie H. Langston, M.Ed.
President and Curriculum Developer
Hands on Spanish, Inc.

Sponsor: Foothills AHEC

Session Description:
In your profession there is little room for error when it comes to assessing a patient. Obtaining all of the necessary information in order to accomplish that is enough of a challenge with those who speak your own language, much less with those who speak another. There are now more Spanish-speakers in the U.S. than there are in Spain. Learn how to break the communication barrier in order to provide them vital care. The ability to do this will save you time and stress.

You will learn the phrases in Spanish that will assist you in pain assessment, such as provoking factors and the severity of the pain. You’ll learn body parts and symptoms in Spanish, as well, which will aid you in the physical assessment phrases, which are also taught. Also, enhance your confidence in using these phrases by learning the seven most common Spanish pronunciation errors made by English speakers. You'll also receive a crash course in how to pronounce Spanish vowels, the most important sounds to pronounce accurately. This program has practice activities for you after each topic, including some role play scenarios. Learn the Spanish specific to your profession that will help you achieve a positive and productive interaction with your Hispanic patients.

Session Objectives:

  1. Identify and practice the correct pronunciation for each vowel in Spanish.
  2. Identify the seven most common Spanish pronunciation errors made by English speakers.
  3. List and practice Spanish phrases used to assess pain.
  4. Label body parts in Spanish.
  5. Identify symptoms in Spanish.
  6. Identify basic Spanish phrases used in physical assessment

Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. An application is being submitted to the office of Emergency Medical Personnel for Licenses credits Hour.

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